KIEV, March 18. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has voiced protest on Monday, sending a note to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Crimea.
"A note of protest was filed to the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with Putin’s visit to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol," says a report posted on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
The ministry says the trip comes in violation of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Putin is visiting Crimea on March 18 to join festivities marking the fifth anniversary since peninsula’s reunification with Russia.
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the authorities in Kiev who seized power amid riots that sparked a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.
Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11, 2014. They held a referendum on March 16, 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The Russian president signed the reunification deals on March 18, 2014. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.